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The best-selling cars in the world in 2022

According to data released by JATO DynamicsIn the 2022 have been registered 79.4 million vehicles globally, down 2% from 80.7 million units in 2021. Positive results in several emerging markets such as India, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa, which account for 24% of global volumes, they were significant enough to offset the declines recorded in North America, Europe and China.

The best sellers

Analyzing the best-selling models of 2022 in 53 world markets, the top of the ranking goes to Toyota RAV4which managed to find 1,076,000 new customers, undermining the Toyota Corolla which for years was the undisputed leader in sales and which in 2022 totaled 992,000 new vehicles with license plates. But the biggest surprise comes from Tesla Model Y, the electric SUV of the American company chosen by 747,000 new customers, which earned it third place. Fourth la Honda CR-V with 733,000 registrations (see table above), confirming how Japanese manufacturers are able to design and produce cars that “work” on all continents: 7 out of 10 cars in this ranking are made by Japanese manufacturers. Surprise also for the Toyota Corolla Cross which in a short time managed to climb the rankings up to eighth place, thanks to its 530,000 units registered in 2022.

The biggest builders

In 2022 the Toyota was the number one builder in the world with 10.5 million of cars delivered, managing to increase its global market share by 0.3 points thanks to strong results in China, which is now its largest market after the United States and Japan. These results are due to the strength of Toyota’s offer in both hybrid cars and SUVs.

As in 2021, the Volkswagen Group con 8.3 million of cars secured second place behind Toyota in the manufacturers’ standings, but recorded a 10% drop in volume, losing 0.7 points of share. In China, the German manufacturer’s second largest market, sales fell by 6% due to growing local competition, although it was still the largest manufacturer in both China and Europe.

The group closes the top 3 Hyundai-Kia con 6.85 million of cars, thanks to the excellent positioning in Korea, India, North America and Europe.

It ranks fourth Stellarwhich recorded a total volume of 5.8 million of units, down 10%. In Europe, sales fell 14% due to supply chain issues affecting vehicle availability. Despite this, Stellantis was the first builder in Latin America. General Motors, with 4.6 million units, closes the top five, with Chevrolet representing 62% of the total (excluding volumes from the joint venture with SAIC-Wuling).

In 2022, the fastest growing automaker was the BYD which he was able to sell 911.000 auto electric cars in the world (second only to Tesla) gaining 1.5% thanks to a fresh and competitive range of cars.

The advance of China

Another interesting trend that emerged in 2022 is the increasingly influential role that i Chinese brands they are having to of outside China. In 2022, nearly 1.5 million light vehicles produced by Chinese manufacturers were sold outside China, an increase of 48% compared to 2021. This growth was driven by a more competitive and higher quality offer and by a strong push in the segments of electric vehicles, offered at affordable prices. The growth of Chinese automakers is also being felt in emerging markets, where their market share rose from 4.8% in 2021 to 6.4% last year. While remaining a relatively small percentage, Chinese manufacturers have managed to steal market share from European and Korean automakers. In regions such as Eurasia, the market share of Chinese manufacturers has more than doubled from 6.2% in 2021 to 12.8% in 2022.

The electric ones

In 2022, the total volume of battery electric vehicles (BEV) increased by 66%, reaching a total of 7.37 million units, an increase of 2.9 million units over the previous year. This surpassed the 2.4 million unit increase recorded between 2020 and 2021. Last year, the global market share of BEVs increased from 5.5% in 2021 to 9.3%. Regionally, only China and Europe secured double-digit market share at 15.6% and 12.2% respectively.

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